By Shrikant Shankar
Dec 6, 2013
Australia took command of the second Ashes 2013-14 Test with a dominant display on Day Two at the Adelaide Oval on Friday. They lead England by a massive 535-run margin as the visitors were at 35 for one at stumps. Michael Carberry was batting on 20 and Joe Root was on nine.
Alastair Cook was the only wicket to fall for England as he was bowled by Mitchell Johnson for three. Australia declared their first innings at 570 for nine with Michael Clarke top-scoring with 148 and Brad Haddin scoring 118. Ryan Harris scored an enterprising 55 not out at the end. Stuart Broad took three wickets.
The final session began with Australia at 516 for eight. Haddin slog-swept Monty Panesar for a six over square-leg. But his innings eventually ended for 118 as he edged one from Stuart Broad to Matt Prior behind the wickets.
Harris smacked a short ball from Broad through mid-wicket for a four. Nathan Lyon got off the mark with a sweep that raced away to the long-leg boundary for a four.
Harris looked to hit everything as he cleared his front leg and smashed a delivery from Panesar in-between deep square-leg and deep mid-wicket for a four. Harris reached his half-century with a four through extra-cover off Graeme Swann. This was his second Test half-century.
Lyon slog-swept Swann for a massive six over deep mid-wicket. Australia declared their first innings at 570 for nine. They denied England a small psychological edge of bowling them out.
Cook and Carberry opened the batting for England. Johnson began proceedings for Australia. Cook was drawn into playing a loose shot to a short and wide delivery by Johnson, but he missed. Johnson was bowling at speeds of over 150 kmph.
Carberry got off the mark with a four towards the deep square-leg region. Johnson bowled a full delivery on leg-stump and Carberry just got his bat onto that and the ball raced away to the fence.
Johnson struck as he bowled Cook for three. The ball pitched on off-stump and straightened a bit. Cook had his bat on a middle-stump line and the ball crashed into off-stump. The delivery speed was clocked at 148 kmph. Joe Root came in at No 3 for England.
Clarke brought off-spinner Nathan Lyon into the attack. Lyon was effective against Carberry in the first Test at The Gabba. Lyon got one to pitch on leg-stump and turn it away from the left-handed Carberry. The ball hit the top of his pads and the Australians appealed, but the umpire said not out. Clarke did not ask for the review and replays showed that the ball would have missed the off-stump.
Carberry got a short delivery from Lyon and he cut it away for a four in front of point. He then got another short delivery and he whipped it away in-between mid-wicket and mid-on for another four.
The scoring slowed down a bit towards the end of the day as the batsmen were playing for stumps. Carberry swept to a delivery from Lyon for a four in front of square-leg. Johnson was brought back into the attack for the last few overs.
Johnson dug one in short and it hit Root on the chest. Root played it well as he took his hands out of the way quickly. Stumps were called as England were at 35 for one. They trailed Australia by 535 runs.
Australia 570 for 9 decl. (Chris Rogers 72, Shane Watson 51, Michael Clarke 148, George Bailey 53, Brad Haddin 118, Ryan Harris 55*; Stuart Broad 3 for 98) lead England 35 for 1 (Michael Carberry 20*; Mitchell Johnson 1 for 9) by 535 runs.
(Shrikant Shankar is a writer/reporter at CricketCountry.com. Previously he has done audio commentary for various matches involving India, Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20 for ESPNSTAR.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Shrikant_23)
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